Unknown gunmen attack Fr. Mbaka in alleged assassination attempt

There is an indication that there may have been an assassination attempt on the life of Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, the Spiritual Director of Adoration Ministries, Enugu, Nigeria (AMEN), few days after the 2018 Harvest and Bazaar of the Ministry where he attempted to compel the Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, who attended the programme, to make public his support or donation for the building project of the Ministry.

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According to the spokesman of  the priest, Maximus Ugwuoke, the incidence took place on Thursday evening by some unknown gunmen who fired gun shots at him on his way in Enugu,

Blaming Thursday’s attack on politics and the Catholic Church possibly, as it happened days after Fr. Mbaka came under massive media attack for the altercation with Peter Obi, the spokesman expressed surprise that “the issue had lingered inspite of the apology which Fr. Mbaka in his characteristic humility had tendered at the altar to Peter Obi and anyone who may have, in any way, form or shape been offended at the Bazaar event.”

“Many supporters of Peter Obi and even clergies have misconstrued this as embarrassing to Peter Obi and to the Catholic Church and this has consequently given rise to the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that same Thursday on the issue.

“The contemporaneousness of the recent attack of Fr. Mbaka by gunmen with the Peter Obi and the CBCN saga leaves us to a safe conclusion that the attack on Fr. Mbaka may have either been politically engineered or ecumenically endorsed, and thus we will not hesitate to call on the security agencies in this country to beam their search lights and leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of this issue,” he said.

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He also stressed that the attempt on the life of the priest has added to several other assassination plots targeted at Fr. Mbaka since after the first plot that was carried out on him on his way from the Bishop’s house where he had gone to answer an impromptu call by his Bishop during the regime of former Enugu Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani.

“We recall that the last time Fr. Mbaka raised alarm over threat to exterminate him was in early 2015 when he faced a similar persecution by some church hierarchy and the PDP Government following his 31st December Prophecy of the imminent defeat of former President Goodluck Jonathan led PDP Government by President Mohammadu Buhari at the 2015 general elections,” he said.

“Today with the 2019 general elections around the corner, it appears that history is repeating itself.”

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Giving reasons for not responding earlier, Ugwuoke said: “We have refrained from making any official statement on the ongoing media attack against Fr Mbaka over the Baazar incident because he had held us back from joining issues with the Church clergies and hierarchies on the subject, but we cannot continue to keep silent especially now that the issue is taking the dimension of a plot to terminate his life.

“Fr Mbaka’s life means so much to us and many poor and voiceless Nigerians for whom he lives and so we cannot be silent on the face of any threat to his life real or perceived,” the statement read.

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